University of Utah launches new perinatal air ambulance
Published: July 19, 2014 10:45AM
Updated: July 18, 2014 05:46PM
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Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune Flight nurses Bart Chournos and Sandie Boardman move a transfer isolette as University of Utah Health Care shows off its new perinatal operations. The new perinatal AirMed team will begin transporting newborns from zero to 30 days.

Utah now has a second team of specialists to fly with infants and mothers in high-risk pregnancies to the hospital.

University of Utah Health Care this month launched its new perinatal AirMed team, which has three crew members: a newborn intensive care nurse, a perinatal respiratory therapist and an obstetrics nurse specializing in newborn care.

Intermountain Healthcare’s Lifeflight also has a perinatal team.

Besides serving pregnant women, the team will transport newborns from zero to 30 days old, according to a news release from the U. The team’s helicopter has the largest interior of any air ambulance in the state, the U. said.

AirMed brings patients to the University of Utah from throughout Utah and areas of Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Colorado.

See a video at http://bit.ly/WnUbiA.